growth ring


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growth ring

n.
1. A growth layer in secondary xylem seen in a cross section of a woody stem or branch.
2. A layer of calcareous material or other substance deposited in a single period of growth of an animal, as in an otolith or a turtle scute.
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growth ring

n
(Botany) another name for annual ring
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growth ring

A layer of wood formed in a plant during a single period of growth. Growth rings are visible as concentric circles of varying width when a tree is cut crosswise. They represent layers of cells produced by the tissue known as vascular cambium. ♦ Most growth rings reflect a full year's growth and are called annual rings. But abrupt changes in the environment, especially in the availability of water, can cause a plant to produce more than one growth ring in a year. See more at dendrochronology.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.growth ring - an annual formation of wood in plants as they growgrowth ring - an annual formation of wood in plants as they grow
organic phenomenon - (biology) a natural phenomenon involving living plants and animals
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He indicated: 'Ghana holds a strategically-important position in the West Africa Growth Ring Corridor Development to enhance connectivity and promote economic activities in the sub-region,' and reaffirmed the importance of developing quality infrastructure.
It is also important to understand the life history of gastropods; the larval development strategy (i.e., free-swimming versus direct development) should be known as well as an estimate of when statolith growth might slow enough during the annual cycle for a growth ring to form.
And rather than the tree laying down a growth ring under its bark each year, each xylem strand generated its own growth ring.
And that represents a major growth ring in Le Cinema de Franco.
Different trends were associated with growth ring counts and heights of the feedstock trees.
The number of growth rings on the scales was checked with a stereoscopic microscope and an ocular micrometer to obtain the distance between center (focus or nucleus) and anterior margin of scale (radius, mm) and the distance from the center to growth ring (mm).
Toyota aims to be a company that grows sustainably, just as a tree steadily gains one growth ring per year.
SCUBA transects with video and laser measurements will be used to estimate cohort populations and sizes in the field, and collections will allow otolith analysis for daily growth ring assessment.
Chene & Cie defines tight grain as less than an average of 3 mm per annual growth ring (spring wood + summer wood); larger than this is open grain.
Samples of early wood for each growth ring along the diameter of the trees (pith-bark direction) were cut in order to perform the maceration and preparation of slides through the Jeffrey method, according to Burger and Richter (1991).
Like trees, seashells mark each year with a visible growth ring, so the timing of environmental changes can be known with very high precision.
Few teased out the seasonal climate signal recorded in the narrow part of the growth ring laid down in late summer known as latewood.